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Someone speak up

Martin Luther King Jnr said “The Ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but silence over that by the good people…in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”.

Our silence can be quite damning to us and the ones we love or those to whom we have a duty of care. I look back over the years and ponder the points in my life where I kept quiet; I wish I could have spoken up.

However, coming back to the present, I have learnt to speak up even in the most difficult of circumstances, I have learnt to speak up and say I don’t know the answer to the questions, but something needs to be done.

I have learnt to speak up and say I made a mistake.
I have learnt to speak up for another going through pain.
I have learnt that there is somebody somewhere going through what I am going through who has found the courage to speak up; I should listen to what they say and draw strength from them.